Report confirms child dies from flu last week in Florida

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the report released by the Florida Department of Health in Bay County Thursday, one child died from the flu last week.

The report released covers flu activity for week three, January 14-20, 2018. According to the report, the child who died from the flu was unvaccinated and had underlying health conditions. This is the third child in Florida to die from the flu during the 2017-2018 flu season. The report says all three of the children were unvaccinated.

The report says the deaths due to the flu are increasing but have remained within normal limits. Increases in flu deaths are expected in the coming weeks.

The report says flu activity has increased sharply and was above peak activity in previous flu season. This increase is being seen in all age groups and across the state.

The report says 52 outbreaks were reported during the week. Since the 2017-2018 flu season began, Florida has seen 159 outbreaks. The majority of flu outbreaks have been in facilities serving adults 65 or older.

The Florida Department of Health recommends sick people stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours. They also remind people to wash their hands often. They say if you have not received your vaccine yet, you should as soon as possible.

The Health Department of Bay County does have free vaccines for children and has high dose vaccines for older adults for a fee. Officials say they do not have the regular adult vaccine.

The Flu report is attached.